15. February 2024
This paper reveals, how manufacturing companies are managing their individual path towards Industrie 4.0.


Manufacturing is an important sector in most economies worldwide. Industrialization and automatization have entailed great advances in production processes over the past two centuries. Today, seeking for market leadership implies a worldwide footprint representation. In this environment, a company’s long-term competitiveness is strongly depending on agility which enables faster adaptation to changing and diverse requirements. Simultaneously, many companies struggle with achieving the performance targets for their production and supporting processes in the short term. Digital Transformation on the path to Industrie 4.0. allows to successively advance both agility and operational performance.

Digital Transformation can turn out differently for each individual production plant. This is because the advantages of digital possibilities strongly depend on the overall characteristics of the plant, its current digital maturity, its cost structure as well as its current capacity utilization. Based on that information, the status quo can be described, and a digitalization strategy can be generated. This paper reveals an approach on the creation of a holistic digitalization roadmap.



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